This film tells the true story of how a bunch of writers, artists, set designers and back room technicians pooled their talents in order to outwit the German High Command and fool Hitler. Espionage, counter espionage, decoy airfields, inflatable tanks, guns and soldiers are all deployed in the run up to D Day to create a massive diversion and the strongest possible indication that the landings will be in Calais rather than Normandy. A whole invisible army is conjured up: FUSAG the First US Army Group. General Patton is placed in charge of this army, such is its importance he is detained in Britain for several weeks after the Normandy landing in order to (successfully) convince Hitler that a second and larger set of landings will be staged in Calais. A true story.Written by
Towards the end of the film one of the dummy camps is overflown by a computer generated JU87 Stuka. This clearly has no undercarriage whereas all marks of Stuka had permanently fixed down landing gear. Nor would such a slow vulnerable a/c be used for low level reconnaissance. See more »
This was a very enjoyable story of the methods of deception used by the allies against the Germans in WWII. It was more drama than documentary and much of the detail especially about the gadgets issued to spy's and agents was omitted (other than the rat), as well as the way these agents worked. However the main gist of this secret work was described along with the struggle by those carrying out this work to be taken seriously.
Acting was adequate but the special effects and CG generated A/C had some errors. Historical accuracy was reasonable but shallow and dumbed down. The RAF Dambuster squadron was mentioned, but not its actual number for instance.
On the whole a reasonable attempt to describe a lesser known aspect of WWII to those who would probably never watch a regular documentary in a month of Sundays.
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